1) Any explanation short of "all my fault" is bitterness.
2) Injuries are part of the journey....get over it.
3) The media will never get the whole story....deal with it.
4) The game is about the players, first and foremost.
5) Discipline of tongue makes everything else easier.
6) It is much more difficult to be "the spouse" than the coach.
7) When you win food tastes better.
8) You may discover a clue or two in the bottle but never the answer.
9) Assistants either help you or hurt you....know that.
10) Rebounding. Turnovers. Field Goal Percentage. When you play for a championship they will determine your fate.
11) Study the NBA and learn about 3 things:
12) Referees are human beings too. You better learn how to communicate your displeasure in a respectful way.
13) Don't eat garlic before a practice or game.
14) Players, Coaches, Alumni LOVE quality equipment, so don't put BAD gear on your players!
15) A bad decision today will bite you in the ass tomorrow.
16) Watching film will dramatically improve your coaching. Why? It increases your knowledge base, slows the game down, and allows you to see more.
17) The stress will "age" you prematurely unless you workout, eat right, get your sleep, and organize your "fun."
18) It is important that you admit your mistakes, make fun of yourself, and openly enjoy yourself.
19) Create your own board of trustees that you can call anytime. It is important to have older, wiser, and nonthreatening mentors.
20) Being fired is rarely terminal....unless you want it to be.